New month – new excitement.
The Tony winning Best Musical “Billy Elliot” makes its South Bay debut tomorrow – but act soon as it only runs through Sunday.
“Billy Elliot” is based upon the Oscar nominated movie about a young boy in a steel town who longs to get away from the life that was chosen for him and to put on his dance shoes and follow his dreams.
The musical comes to live with great songs by the legendary Elton John. Additionally, when on Broadway, it was the first show in which all three young leads who play Billy got to share the Tony Award for Best Actor. In case you don’t know, three had to play the role due to child labor laws.
“Billy” has a great cast of supporting characters who help make this show memorable, especially Billy’s gay best friend. It has evening performances every day and a matinee on Saturday and Sunday.
Check it out at www.broadwaysanjose.com.
Then this week ends with the battle of epic proportions – Christ vs. Mommie Dearest. But there’s a way they both can win.
On Friday or Saturday, you can catch the beginning of “The Summer of Peaches.” Her summer starts before the parade of Memorial Day movies come to town with a “Rocky Horror Concert,” complete with original Magenta (Patricia Quinn) bringing her part (and more) back to life on the Victoria Theatre stage. This isn’t your typical Peaches production in which she does a comic drag bit parodying a movie and then screens the film. This time Peaches goes outside of her comfort zone and is doing a full fledged concert version of “Rocky,” Of course, she promises there will still be a big pre-show that we won’t forget.
This all come together in a surreal way for Peaches. “Patricia Quinn and I connected a while back and we have some mutual friends who’ve suggested we work together, especially after last year’s ‘Rocky‘ show with Barry Bostwick where he got into full drag (for the first time since filming the movie!). She and I were talking about creating an event that would celebrate the 40th Anniversary of ‘The Rocky Horror Show’ and it was actually Patricia who suggested we do a rock concert that celebrates all of the music from the show,” remembers Peaches. “What’s most thrilling about the whole thing is that Patricia herself will be performing one of the signature songs from the show that she sang forty years ago when it first debuted at the Royal Theatre in London.”
Then throw Jason Brock into the mix and you’ve got a great concert indeed. “I met Jason at the Castro Street Fair in passing and told him how much I loved him on TV’s “The X Factor’,” Peaches recalls. She says he is very familiar with the show and he will sing the “*hit” out of it!”
(Oh and if you like hunky Italians, co star Manuel Caneri will likely make you sing his praises.)
There is an evening performance at 8pm on Friday and Saturday and a 3pm performance on Saturday. Tickets are $30-35 but if you order online at www.peacheschrist.com you can find a discount code.
On another stage, but Saturday only (see maybe you can see “Rocky” Friday), is the mother of all movies, “Mommie Dearest,” presented by Marc Huestis. This is his sick and twisted (and fun!) salute to Mother’s Day. Huestis also holds nothing back. In addition to the screening of the film that won several Razzie Awards for worst movie of its year (and is the intentional campy tale of movie star Joan Crawford),
Special guest Rutanya Alda who played Carol Ann the original movie will be on-hand to dish on what she’d learned about Joan Crawford and its star Faye Dunaway. Also, Huestis has enlisted one of my favorite drag performers Matthew Martin to help entertain the crowd prior to the screening. Martin, who BECOMES Bette Davis in “Baby Jane?” and Blanche in the drag “Golden Girls,” will likely steal some of the spotlight from Crawford herself.
“Matthew is doing a classic Joan Crawford number with a ‘Mommie Dearest’ twist,” says Huestis. “I don’t want to give away the surprise but it will be tres ‘torchy,” he adds.
And for fans of the camp classic and will know what I am reference, and I don’t know how he will do it without incident, but “there will be more battles axes and wire ball hangers in the audience than you can shake a stick at,” says Huestis.
Shows Saturday only at 7:30pm at the Castro Theatre. If you can’t get enough of Crawford, you can also go to the 2pm matinee screening of Crawford’s Oscar winning role “Mildred Pierce.”
Tickets start at $15 and up should you want VIP access and preferred seating. Get tickets at http://www.ticketfly.com/search/?q=mommie+dearest
To figure this all out and to get more information, go to www.marchuestispresents.com